We all want to save time when working, and there are hundreds of ways you can work more effectively with your Mac computer. Here are just a few:
1. Learn and Use Keyboard Shortcuts
Most Mac applications provide two, three, or four-key shortcuts for common tasks. Look in the menu bar of each app to see the available shortcuts. If you’re not sure what the symbols in the menus mean, switch to the Finder, choose To help > Mac Help, and search the help for “Symbols for special keys.” You can also create your own shortcuts for any menu item with Applications > System Preferences > Keyboard & Mouse > Keyboard Shortcuts.
2. Speed Up Common Tasks with Automator
If you find yourself doing the same task again and again, create an Automator workflow for it. Automator (Applications > Automator) is Apple software that lets you create scripts or workflows that you can run automatically with a button’s click.
3. Control iTunes Quickly with SizzlingKeys
SizzlingKeys (http://www.yellowmug.com/sk4it/) is a simple utility that lets you assign keyboard shortcuts to common iTunes actions, such as play/pause, previous/next track, and volume up/down. You can then use the shortcuts to control iTunes from within any application. This is great as it saves you from switching to iTunes when you want to pause a song, for example.
4. Organize your Dock
Remove programs that you never use from the Dock to make it easier to find the ones you do. And if you find yourself regularly using a new piece of software, add it to the Dock. (An easy way to do this is to Control-click the icon in the Dock when the software’s running and choose To keep In Dock.)
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